Louise Sands Photography
The photography scene has an exciting new addition in the form of Louise Sands. A budding young photographer and screen writer based in Central London, Louise is adept at bringing a subject to life and conveying its message through the art of the still image. A graduate of Metropolitan University, she has embarked upon a variety of different photographic projects ranging from fashion to fine art photography.
The ‘Fabric and Flowers’ series, which I modelled for, draws inspiration from underwater, fashion photography and still life photos of flowers. Sands depicts accurately the illusion of being underwater through the manipulation of fabric. As the material is twirled and spun the camera captures a split second of its movement, making the fabric appear as though it has been suspended in water through its fluid motions that have been forever preserved by the lens. The intricate shapes allude to the other inspiration of the series, flowers. The curled edges, vibrant colours and delicacy of the materials used are reminiscent of fragile petals that must be handled gently.
Louise tackles more intimate subject matters that concern the emotion and anxiety of the individual. This is most evident in ‘Spectre’, a series of photographs that portray emotional preoccupation in filmic tableau. Drawing upon influences by Alfred Hitchcock, Hannah Starkey, Edward Hopper and photo-documentary, Louise uses a combination of reality and fiction through the series. The images are of real people yet each scene and the sense of angst portrayed is staged. Louise provides a strong contrast to each scene through an effective use of lighting which exposes the subjects as they reflect privately. Each image in the sequence centres on the issue of loss and the light in each photo represents an extinguished life. Our only clue as to the innermost hidden thoughts of the portrayed figures is the unique piece of poetry, written by Sands, that accompanies each image. It is for the viewer to understand the image through their own interpretation.
One of the most intriguing works by Louise is ‘Murder Sites’ a haunting succession of photographs that present the four sites where the five victims of the Ipswich Killings were discovered. The title of the series conjures up a preconception of gruesome images which contrasts with the picturesque locations of where the victims were found. Louise demonstrates the confliction between the beauty of the scene and the brutality of the unseen acts that took place there. Her series highlights the notion that an everyday place can have a sinister history behind it. These places are all around us; everywhere that we go has its own history that we are oblivious to. Without being aware, every day we walk on the footsteps of the past. Time may forget events as they diminish in peoples’ minds and the physical trace is removed; but the stain is still there. Just like people, places have memories too.
Adding another string to her bow Louise Sands is currently studying a postgraduate course in Film Making at Kingston University. She is involved with various on-going photographic, screen writing and film projects due to be published in the coming months.
All photography by Louise Sands